Applying for Human Ethics Clearance

The University of Queensland’s Human Research Ethics Committees accept applications using the NHMRC’s Human Research Ethics Application (HREA)

Under the National Mutual Acceptance model for Queensland Public Hospitals and those from other states, there is still a requirement to use the online forms.

Applications made under the NMA must still use the online forms.

Currently Queensland Health are still mandating that all Ethics and Governance submissions must be made through the current online forms. 

Should you have any questions, please contact the HREC to which you will apply.


UQ Human Research Ethics Committees

The University of Queensland has two NHMRC-registered multi-disciplinary HRECs – UQ Human Research Ethics Committee A and UQ Human Research Ethics Committee B. Each HREC meets monthly on an alternating fortnightly basis.


Ethical Review Pathways

Full Review - All research involving humans that is greater than low or negligible risk must be reviewed by one of UQ’s central HRECs in a full committee meeting.

Ratifications – UQ researchers who have obtained external ethics approval may submit the external notification of approval and all approved documentation for administrative review. Documents can be submitted via email to

Low or Negligible Risk – Faculty-based ethics review is available for low or negligible risk research projects for both staff and students.

Please refer to the Low and Negligible Risk page for more information.


Exemption from Human Research Ethics

Researchers can apply for exemption from ethics review; however, should the request not be approved, researchers will be required to apply to the relevant ethics body at the University (full HREC review or LNR Sub-Committee review). Requests for exemption must be made using the approved form and lodged with the Office of Research Ethics. For further information please see Requesting Exemption from Human Research Ethics Review:

Should you have any questions regarding the new committees or the HREA, please do not hesitate to contact Nic Shively at

 Contact Officers:

  • Nicole Shively, Director, Research Ethics (telephone: +61 7 336 53571)
  • Helene Jacmon, Human Ethics Unit Coordinator (HREC A) (telephone: +61 7 336 53924)
  • Dr Tamara PereiraHuman Ethics Unit Coordinator (HREC B) (telephone: +61 7 344 31656) 



To download these calendars as a PDF please select:

2018 Calendar

2019 Calendar


As a general principle, the University does not require the application of an administrative fee to the processing of a protocol submitted to any of the institution's animal and human ethics committees for research or teaching when the protocol/project is conducted by a UQ student or staff member (in such capacities) AND infrastructure costs are included where applicable (see PPL 4.10.12 "Recovery of Indirect Research Costs from Research Funding and Consultancy Contracts").  
Examples of ethics applications not attracting fees are: 
  • Undergraduate teaching protocols
  • Postgraduate research projects leading to the award of honours, Master of Philosophy, PhD
  • Research projects funded by agencies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council or Australian Research Council or Australian Kidney Foundation
  • Research project conducted by UQ academic staff member that is sponsored by a large national Australian company but the full rate of infrastructure costs have been recovered and the funds are administered by the University (say, as a source 4 account)
  • Start-up companies where UQ has an interest and UQ is contracted to perform the research study with the full rate of infrastructure costs recovered and contract funds are administered by the University. This is much the same scenario as the previous example except that a start-up company in which UQ has an "interest" is involved 

Applications for review at meeting of 21 February 2019 (Agenda)


New Applications

 1. (Harnett_2019000034) Barriers and Facilitators of Engagement of the Families of Justice Involved Young People


 2. (Garner_2019000118) Value in the visual system


 3. (Wolvetang_2019000159) Generation, differentiation and genetic manipulation of human induced pluripotent stem cells


 4. (Reid_2019000143) Co-designing and implementing a school-wide classroom-based self-regulation approach


 5. (Brauer_2019000194) The effect of individualised, vibrotactile neurofeedback training on postural stability in older adults with hearing impairment: a randomised double-blind, placebo-controlled multi centre trial.


6. (Rillera Kempster_2019000227) Community language perspectives - An exploration of the literacy resources and practices of Karen families in Brisbane


7. (Staton_2019000248) Children’s Experiences of Awe and Wonder (Spiritual Well-being) in Early Childhood Education and Care


8. (Borgers_2019000239) The Pharmacokinetics of medium chain triglyceride Oil Versus Powder as Acute Dietary Supplement


9. (Borges_2019000240) The Pharmacokinetics of medium chain triglyceride Oil Versus Powder as Chronic Dietary Supplement


10.(Cardwell_2019000235) The Effect of Police Trust-Building Activities on Disengaged Young People's Attitudes and Behaviours


11. (Yap_2019000253) Human blood cell subset recruitment in epithelial inflammation


12. (Norman_2019000129) Medically Supervised Injecting Facility - interviews with service users


13. (Norman_2019000130) Focus groups with local businesses and residents in the vicinity of the Medically Supervised Injecting Room


14. (Norman_2019000236) Review of the Medically Supervised Injecting Facility - Interviews with staff


15. (Norman_2019000245) Evaluation of the trial of the Medically Supervised Injecting Room: Consultations with non-service users


 16. (Norman_2019000247) Medically Supervised Injecting Room - Changes in the health of people who use the MSIR, as observed by their families and carers



 17. (HartleyWong_2018002159) Evaluating the impact of taste atmospherics on credence services


18. (Selvey_2018002250) My Health Record usage to improve the continuity of care between prison and the community – Prison Health Test Bed


19. (Bellamy_2018002048) Cyber Peacekeeping? What risks have been created by the UN’s incorporation of information technologies into its peacekeeping operations, and how has the UN responded?


20. (Faragher-van Ommen_2018001834) Educational Quality of Life


21. (Duriesmith_2018002423) Engaging Indonesian men and boys in the women, peace, and security agenda

Any other business:




 Minutes HREC-B meeting 24 January 2019


Helpful Links and Resources


NHMRC Guidelines under Section 95 of the Privacy Act 1988 (2014)



An "appeal" here means a written submission from a researcher to the Chairperson of the approving Committee (in the first instance) about a dispute. 


Appeals regarding HREC rejection

Where the HREC has rejected an application, the investigator has the discretion to:

  • Submit a new application to the same HREC, taking due account of the HREC’s concerns; or
  • Lodge an appeal with the HREC Chairperson (via the Committee Secretariat) specifying the grounds of the appeal in writing. The HREC Chairperson will respond directly to the appellant regarding the outcome of the review.


Appeals regarding HREC approval

Where the HREC has given a favourable decision on an application and

  • An ethical or scientific issue is subsequently identified by any party; or
  • It has become apparent that the decision was based on inconsistent application of policy and guidelines

A written appeal is lodged with the Chairperson (via the Committee Secretariat) in the first instance.


Appeals to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

If the appellant considers the HREC has failed to follow due process after making an appeal in line with the above and remains unsatisfied with the outcome, they have the discretion to lodge an appeal with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) or request that the Chairperson do so through the Committee Secretariat in the first instance. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) may refer the matter to another UQ HREC, external HREC, or seek other expert advice as appropriate.

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